Wednesday, March 20th 2013

ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini Smiles for the Camera

We got our first glimpse of ASUS' mini ITX-friendly GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini a fortnight ago, when it was pictured installed. The older pictures didn't really provide us with a vanity of the card, until now. Pictured below, is the first press-shot of the 17 cm-long high-end graphics card. The picture reveals a swanky cooler shroud with gloss/matte accents, covering the main heatsink.

The main heatsink appears to be a combination of an aluminum base plate covering the memory chip and VRM, a copper vapor-chamber plate over the GPU, and a radially-projecting aluminum fin array. The contraption is ventilated by a fan unlike anything we've ever seen. Its impeller appears to be a hybrid between conventional top-flow fan, and lateral-flow blower. While ASUS won't tinker with the 6.00 GHz memory clock speed, the core is said to be clocked about 26 MHz higher than reference. Display outputs check out as dual DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. The company is expected to launch this card some time in April.
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43 Comments on ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini Smiles for the Camera

#1
the54thvoid
by: btarunr
The contraption is ventilated by a fan unlike anything we've ever seen. Its impeller appears to be a bybrid between conventional top-flow fan, and lateral-flow blower.
Asus must have done their homework with that fan but you'd think it'd cause some form of turbulence.
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#2
Dj-ElectriC
That fan design, I like it, a lot. That's a nice combo between catching heat and dissipating it.
Now i'll just have to wait until i get my hands on one.
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#4
Lionheart
Wow cute high end card, I want one :D No wait... make that 2... 3 :rockout:
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#5
Ikaruga
Well done Asus, well done indeed.
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#6
Xaser04
That card is so damn cute!

They would look so damn funny in Tri SLI (assuming that is possible - I can't see how many SLI "fingers" the card has but I assume it is the same as the stock 670).
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#7
NeoXF
by: Xaser04
That card is so damn cute!

They would look so damn funny in Tri SLI (assuming that is possible - I can't see how many SLI "fingers" the card has but I assume it is the same as the stock 670).
Click the link...
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#8
Mistral
Awww man, that's one cute looking card.

I'll get me one when it goes on sale and hang it on one of the walls at home.
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#9
Animalpak
by: Dj-ElectriC
That fan design, I like it, a lot. That's a nice combo between catching heat and dissipating it.
Now i'll just have to wait until i get my hands on one.
Turbine combined with regular fan, may works better.
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#10
ChristTheGreat
That is amazing. a small HTPC with a i5 + that card, wow, very small powerful computer :) in a Silverstone ML03
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#11
AlienIsGOD
4 of those would look nice in my EVGA Z77 FTW board :p :laugh:
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#12
ISI300
Want one of them cuties bad!
Seriously kudos to Asus for taking advantage of the crappy reference PCB.
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#13
THE_EGG
Saw the picture and thought it was another 650ti or something like that. Then read GTX670...:eek: It's like a super hot-hatchback car(A1 Quattro comes to mind).
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#15
adulaamin
I hope they become available here as I'm planning to build a mini-itx rig around May :)
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#17
badtaylorx
oh my, that fan....its AWESOME!!!

bravo asus,

bravo
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#18
Casecutter
Great idea, I think Asus might have something. Fan is innovative you’d think Asus worked on the balance a bunch, because in the enclosures you put this in dBa/CFM is mission critical. Too bad more of the air couldn't be rear exhaust, I would forego the dual DVI to achieve that. Wonder if they got a patent on that fan? Nice they left both SLI fingers but, I doubt a ITX mobo has more than one PCI-E, while it might defeat the quietness you crave in SFF chassis build. To move the volume of air required, as not too often will such pint-sized enclosure include 120mm fan(s) positions, while then there’s the 700W PSU to consider. I think it would be a challenge to tame, but it would be fun trying.
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#19
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: chinmi
wow that is small, nice one... but is it really the first ever been released ?

doesn't the zotac make one too ??

http://www.techpowerup.com/167657/ZOTAC-GeForce-GTX-670-TwinCooler-Graphics-Card-Detailed.html

http://www.techpowerup.com/img/12-06-14/150a.jpg

it uses double fan, so i really wanna see a head to head comparison on overclock-ability between these short 670 and their struggle to battle fan with that small form factor :)
That one never made it to western markets, apparently. Only Greater China and Japan.
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#20
tastegw
by: Ikaruga
Well done Asus, well done indeed.
I agree
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#22
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: ISI300
Seriously kudos to Asus for taking advantage of the crappy reference PCB.
Its not entirely reference, they ditched the 2x6-pin power connectors for a single 8-pin, which allowed them to shorten the PCB ever so slightly.

by: btarunr
That one never made it to western markets, apparently. Only Greater China and Japan.
And it took up 3 slots.
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#23
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
It'll be interesting to see if they release a 4GB version of this.
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#24
Animalpak
we need a review as soon as possible.
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#25
xBruce88x
Do want... I guess i know what im getting to go in next years tax return pc build lol
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